Reflection

The Platform Nobody Wants

October 25, 2019

D.C. Talk formed the soundtrack of my teen years. I knew every single word of Free at Last. 30 years later I’m still listening to his music and continue to be a TobyMac fan to this day. And yet no words from Toby MacKeehan have impacted me the way reading his Facebook post about his son did.

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The Beauty Beyond Me

October 3, 2019

Something is changing in me. I’ve been doing this teaching thing for over twenty years, but I’m ashamed to admit, I’ve been selfish. But God is changing me, one interruption at a time.

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Seeing Butterflies

September 19, 2019

At a funeral for a friend’s daughter, Erin Ahnfeldt reflects on grief, the meaning of symbols and the idea that reality is more than we can see. So much in this world doesn’t make sense. The questions pile up, and the answers aren’t always there, but one thing we can be sure of—there’s a God who loves us.

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Crossing The Chasm of Race

September 10, 2019

Recent events in Colorado Springs have stirred up social issues like race, discrimination, law enforcement, inequity and justice. How does one navigate such complex issues with grace and compassion and the heart of Christ? Sarah Tinan is in a unique place to speak on these issues.

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Sweat, glitter and the hug I postponed for several years.

August 28, 2019

Recently, a large gay man in head-to-toe black leather gave me one of the best hugs I’ve ever received. It was a hug I had been postponing for several years. Because I am a very big coward. But Christ’s love is wide and it defies boundaries. It is risky and may even feel scary. But leaning into that scariness with love feels a lot better than crouching in fear.

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9 Truths from the Table Manners Series

July 31, 2019

Life regularly presents us with people who are very different than we are. And part of loving each other well is understanding and accepting – and even celebrating – our differences. Our recent Table Manners series gives us nine truths to remember as we practice love.

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A knife cutting through rare cooked meat while a fork holds it.

Peter, God’s Chosen Radical Curmudgeon

May 30, 2019

Could it be that Peter, in all his spontaneity and impulsiveness and filterless outbursts, was made this way for a reason? Perhaps God specifically chose him, in concert with Paul, to announce the most radical religious idea since Jesus was declared Son of God. And perhaps those of use who relate with Peter were made with a purpose too.

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This is what happened when I stayed silent.

May 15, 2019

My journey over the past nine months has been one of brokenness. I realize that I had been broken alone — and now what I really wanted was to be broken but with others. I believe Thomas. I think he will welcome the “outlier” with open arms. The true question, I think, is – will we follow that example?

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What happens when doubts are silenced for too long?

May 4, 2019

Church has not always been a safe place for me, or those I know and love. That’s why I have been silent—for years. Silent as I have questioned everything I once felt so sure about. But the cost of silence is great.

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The Space to Breathe

April 30, 2019

It’s April, so the essays are pouring in. There are exams to write, grades to enter, emails and phone calls to make, and all of that is coming from a job I love but one that’s currently drowning me. In the midst of the storm, the Good Friday service created space for me to breathe and be.

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